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TV Show [P]Review: Black Lightning

Oz Scott, Salim Akil, Mark Tonderai, Bille Woodruff

Black Lightning is the best superhero series pilot I’ve seen, and it’s good to see The Akils bring the same care and skill to this genre as they have with their previous work in television and film.

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Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia - Part 2

Guillermo Del Toro

Hero Trollhunter Jim Lake ventures deeper into the Troll world to battle the vicious leader of the Darklands, while his team works to maintain order in the human world.

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Bright

David Ayer

Imagine the Lord of the Rings trilogy are actual history books and now all the fantasy races live together in LA—with lots of gang warfare.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Rian Johnson

A magical girl learns the Force from The Last Jedi while his nephew freaks out with a red lightsaber.

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The Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro

A brutal but beautiful fairytale about the freedom of living on the fringe.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Martin McDonagh

An extraordinarily well written film about messed up people who redeem themselves in the worst possible ways for all the right reasons.

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Justice League

Zack Snyder

Batman puts the band together and the DC Heroes come out to play.

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COCO

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

A boy must choose between his family and his dreams when he’s lost in the Afterlife on the Day of the Dead.

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Last Flag Flying

Richard Linklater

A Linklater film that’s not about slackers who need to grow up but about grown-up adults dealing with loss and regrets.

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Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh

Murder on the Orient Express is the story of the World’s Greatest Detective, Hercule Poirot, who while on an impromptu train ride back to London meets an American, Mr. Ratchett, who is then killed overnight.